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Gorkhaland members meet Mamata Banerjee to discuss issue of autonomy
Designated members of the High-Power Committee of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on Saturday called on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss the issue of the region's autonomy. ANI

Congress voices concern over abduction of BJD MLA by Maoists
Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary on Saturday voiced concern over the abduction of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator by Maoists in Orissa and urged them to release him. ANI

Allocation of coal mining blocks by Central government 'arbitrary', says Prakash Karat
The General Secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Prakash Karatsaid on Saturday that Central government had adopted an 'arbitrary' approach in the allocation of coal mining blocks to commercial entities. ANI

MP government orders probe over dalit girls stripping incident
The Madhya Pradesh Government on Saturday ordered a probe into the alleged stripping of two dalit girls in state's Narsinghpur District. ANI

Manmohan Singh writes to Lanka President Rajapaksa
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has written to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the resolution in the UN Human Rights Council. ANI

India, Iran have shared information about attack on Israeli diplomat
India has shared information about the Iranians being involved in an attack on an Israel diplomat in New Delhi. ANI

Anna Hazare will be back at Jantar Mantar
After recuperating from illness for several weeks, anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare will hold a one-day fast at Delhi's Jantar Mantar on Sunday. ANI

Indian, Norwegian PMs to meet, may discuss NRI kids custody issue
The Prime Ministers of India and Norway, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Jens Stoltenberg, are likely to meet on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, and are likely to discuss the NRI kids custody issue. ANI

PM Singh to meet Italian PM, may discuss issue of Orissa abducted tourists, Kerala fishermen killings
During his three-day visit to South Korean capital Seoul, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is expected to have a pull aside meeting with his Italian counterpart Mario Monti. ANI

Negotiations put on hold after abduction of BJD MLA in Odisha by Maoists
Negotiations between Maoist and government mediators were put on suspension on Saturday after the abduction Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jinha Hikaka on early Saturday morning. ANI

India feels Lanka has done very little on devolution of power
India has said that it decided to vote in favour of the U.S.-sponsored UN Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka on the alleged war crimes issue, because it felt Colombo has done very little on devolving political power to Sri Lankan Tamils. ANI

Orissa kidnapping crisis: Interlocutors rule out further talks with Maoists
The resolution of the kidnapping crisis in Orissa reached a dead end on Saturday with two Maoist negotiators-B D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty, deciding to suspend all talks between the state government. ANI

India expresses concern over safety of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal
India has expressed concern over the safety of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. ANI

Plantation drive to save Chinar trees in Kashmir launched
Rampant deforestation has prompted authorities in Srinagar to launch an afforestation drive that includes the planting of Chinar saplings, which have been a part of Kashmir's heritage for generations. ANI

Cyclists traverse miles to spread cancer awareness in New Delhi(Update: Cyclists)
Several social groups undertook the task of raising awareness about cancer in New Delhi on Saturday, by organising a cycle rally to empathise with victims and help them overcome the pain of this deadly disease. ANI

V. Narayanasamy says govt. will address allies Lokayukta concerns
Mminister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Velu Narayanasamy on Saturday said here that the government would take adequate steps to address the concern of allies on the Lokayukta issue in the proposed Lokpal Bill. ANI

BJP condemns abduction of Orissa MLA, calls on govt. to wage war against Maoists
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj condemned the abduction of an Orissa MLA by Maoists, and called on the federal government to wage a full-fledged war against the rebels. ANI

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar defends his remark on government schools
Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday clarified his recent statement on some government schools being used as training grounds for insurgency, saying he never meant that all children from government schools were becoming Naxalites. ANI

Pakistan - The new kid on the block - The Difa-e-Pakistan
They are there on web pages, on FaceBook and Twitter and, using the latest technology, wish to push their society back to the Dark Ages. This is the creed of the newly formed Difa-e-Pakistan Committee -Defence of Pakistan Committee (DPC) ANI

Students protest outside vice chancellor's office in Sikkim over illegal recruitment
Sikkim University students staged a protest outside the vice-chancellor's office on Saturday for denying recruitment to those who had donated land for the institution. ANI

Dutch woman found dead in Mahabalipuram
A Dutch woman was found dead in a hotel in Mahabalipuram near Tamil Nadu capital Chennai. ANI

New Delhi hosts cyclothon, campaign for energy conservation
As a 'curtain raiser' to the Earth Hour 2012, people from all walks of life participated in a cyclothon in New Delhi, campaigning to save energy and making our planet greener on Saturday. ANI

Tibetan Parliament in exile passes resolution, highlights grim situation in Tibet
The Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, which is headquartered in Dharamsala, has passed a resolution that highlights the grim situation within Tibet and sought the international community's help to end the ongoing crisis. ANI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves for South Korea on a three-day official visit
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, left on Saturday morning on a three-day visit of the Republic of Korea. ANI

Orissa MLA kidnapping: Chief Minister Patnaik sends ministers to negotiate with Maoists for release (Update: Orissa)
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has decided to send two ministers of his government to the state's Korapur District to negotiate with the Maoists and seek the release of abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka. ANI

Maoists abduct Orissa MLA, Patnaik takes stock at security meeting in Bhubaneswar
A tribal MLA of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha was abducted by Maoists in Koraput district early on Saturday morning. ANI

Arunachal's Namdapha Tiger Reserve may turn into Sariska soon
Singh had expressed deep concern over reports of poaching and disappearance of tigers in various sanctuaries, particularly Sariska and Ranthambhore Tiger reserves in Rajasthan in 2004, leading to the formation of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in December 2005 at the recommendation of the Tiger Task Force. ANI

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